Sunday, August 10, 2014
NATO’s Support for Ukraine is Crucial
Ukraine has been recording military victories against Russia and has even surrounded Russian mercenaries in Donetsk. But for complete victory, stronger global support is imperative.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said during a visit to Kyiv last Thursday that the alliance stands by Ukraine and is looking to strengthen its partnership with the country at its summit in Wales in September.
“NATO’s support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine is unwavering. Our partnership is long-standing. It’s strong, and in response to Russia’s aggression, NATO is working even more closely with Ukraine to reform its armed forces and defense institutions,” Rasmussen said.
He discussed how to strengthen NATO’s partnership with Ukraine with President Poroshenko, who presented Rasmussen with Ukraine’s Order of Liberty, for his personal contribution to the development of NATO-Ukraine relations and support for Ukraine’s sovereignty. “We stand by Ukraine and your struggle to uphold the fundamental principles on which we have built our free societies,” he said in accepting the reward.